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This is an auction for THE HORIZONTAL INSTRUMENT by Christopher Wilkins. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This is a gem. The narrator loses his wife to a disease of the brain which slowly destroys all her cognitive abilities before it kills her. The grieving widower, a watchmaker, dedicates his life to building the perfect chronometer in her memory. The task should be impossible, owing to time's documented and stubborn refusal to be measured. And yet . . . The decline of his wife's health is told in flashback and in deliberate counterpoint to the progress of the watchmaker's extraordinary project. As this pendulum-like narrative progresses, one clock running down as another one takes shape, you get a lesson in horology that picks up where Dava Sobel's "Longitude" left off. It appears this was when watchmaking was just starting to get interesting. It made me want to chuck out my Rolex and go buy a Patek Philippe!"

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Hardback 1999.

198 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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